UNICEF welcomes the adoption of the National Strategy for the Protection and Promotion of Children's Rights "Protected Children, Safe Romania" 2022-2027

13 October 2023
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Bucharest, 13 October 2023. Reaffirming its support to the Government in working together to realize the rights of all children living in Romania, UNICEF welcomes the adoption of the National Strategy for the Protection and Promotion of Children's Rights "Protected Children, Safe Romania" 2022-2027. UNICEF worked closely with the Ministry of Family, Youth and Equal Opportunities and the National Authority for the Protection of Children's Rights and Adoption in developing the strategy.

The overall aim of the strategy is to ensure the effective realization of the rights of all children living in the country, including the most vulnerable, in all areas of life, by ensuring adequate and equal access to quality public services.

21 children representing structures and organizations, including UNICEF, promoting respect for children's rights and children's participation in decision-making, were directly involved in the process of drafting the strategy, being part of the inter-institutional working groups set up to prepare the document. The opinions and suggestions of almost 1500 children from Romania involved in the consultation process for the European Strategy for the Rights of the Child 2021-2024 were also used in the drafting of the strategy.

The National Strategy for the Protection and Promotion of Children’s Rights is the result of a complex process involving numerous ministries and institutions, non-governmental organizations and international organizations in the field of child rights protection. I warmly thank all the partners involved, with whom we will continue to work for the implementation of the strategy in the coming years in support of all children living in Romania”, said Natalia Intotero, Minister of Family, Youth and Equal Opportunities.

20 targets are included in the adopted Strategy, among which are decreasing the number of children affected by poverty and social exclusion by 400,000 by 2027[1]; prioritizing children in need and their families to benefit from social housing and are eligible for housing benefit; 30% increase in the number of children benefiting from family separation prevention services; 20% decrease in infant mortality compared to 2019; achieving an early education coverage rate of at least 22% for the 0-3 age group and at least 95% for the 4-6 age group.

Romania has made considerable steps towards the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, but we must continue our sustained effort to ensure that this progress continues. The Covid-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine have increased the number of vulnerable children and made their vulnerabilities more complex. In this light, UNICEF welcomes the adoption of the National Strategy for the Protection and Promotion of Children's Rights and continues to work for the realization of all rights for every child hand in hand with all partners”, said Anna Riatti, Representative of UNICEF in Romania.


[1] Approximately 1.5 million children in Romania are affected by poverty and social exclusion (41.5% of children).

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